Vol. 10 No. 3 (2019)

Private archives in the library. Types, acquisition, treatment and description

Andrea De Pasquale
Biblioteca nazionale centrale di Roma

Published 2019-09-15


  • Autographs,
  • Correspondence,
  • Thematic collections of documents,
  • Private archives in the library,
  • Author libraries

How to Cite

De Pasquale, Andrea. 2019. “Private Archives in the Library. Types, Acquisition, Treatment and Description”. JLIS.It 10 (3):34-46. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-12569.


Libraries, especially since the nineteenth century, have included real private documents and archives among their special collections. The typologies are analyzed, also focusing on author libraries, where books, as they are often rich in manuscript interventions by the owners, take on the archival value. We also dwell on the often improper descriptive treatment that this material has undergone in libraries.


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